Exact Second-Order Distorted-Wave Calculation for Hydrogen Including Second-Order Exchange


Over the years there have been many theoretical studies of the electron-hydrogen-atom scattering problem including some recent highly sophisticated works. While agreement between experiment and theory is satisfactory for low energies, experiment and theory arenot in accord in the intermediate energy range. For the case of perturbation series calculations, the feasibility of distorted-wave calculations exact to second order has been demonstrated. Previous calculations have not included second-order exchange and in this paperit is shown that this effect is the primary cause for the disagreement between experimentand theory. When second-order exchange is included, reliable results for elastic scatteringare obtained for incident electron energies of 30 eV and higher, and for 2s and 2p excitationreliable results for quantities depending on magnet sublevel differential cross sections areobtained for 50 eV and higher. The existing experimental data indicate that there is still aproblem with the phases of the 2p amplitudes for scattering angles greater than 70° at 54 eV.



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Differential cross section; Distorted-wave calculations; Incident electrons; Intermediate energy range; Low energies; Perturbation series; Scattering angles; Scattering problems; Second orders; Theoretical study, Elastic scattering; Hydrogen, Experiments

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01 Sep 1991